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Here is a listing of the upcoming Sierra Club hikes in the Santa Barbara area.

Hikes are held every Saturday and Sunday and usually meet at the Bank of America.


Sat. January 28    COLD SPRINGS TO E. CAMINO CIELO:    Hike up through a canyon with trees and a stream, then up a trail along the side of Montecito Peak to E. Camino Cielo for panoramic views of the south coast and the back country. Strenuous 9.5 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM.    PAUL 886-1121

Sun. January 29    RATTLESNAKE TRAIL:    Hike up a wooded canyon with scenic views to Gibraltar Rock. Moderate 5.5 mrt. Bring a snack and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am.    TONY 455-4212

Sat. February 4    SWEETWATER TRAIL:    A hike from the Bradbury Dam lookout to the Lake Cachuma County Park. We'll explore a portion of the park before retracing our steps. Easy 5mrt. Bring a light lunch and water. Meet behind the Bank of America on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. If you are coming from north of Santa Barbara, you can meet us at the trailhead. Email me (gching@cox.net) for instructions.    GERRY 964-5411

Sun. February 5    CATHEDRAL PEAK DRAGON BACK:    Start at Tunnel Trailhead toward Seven Falls. Make steep climb to the base of the Cathedral Peak Spine. Moderate but difficult 4 Mile Round Trip. Possible 1200 foot gain with lots of boulder hopping. Bring water and lunch. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am.    ROBERT 685-1283

Sat. February 11    TEQUEPIS:    Hike up to West Camino Cielo from Santa Ynez Valley. View of Cachuma Lake and the Pacific Ocean. Moderate-strenuous 8 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am.    CHRISTINE 963-2347

Sun. February 12    FRANKLIN TRAIL:    Moderately strenuous 10.4 miles rt hike with an elevation gain of 1700'. Let's check out the newly re-opened historic trail in Carpinteria that offers great views of the Channel Islands and the coastline. We will hike at a moderate pace or about 2 miles an hour and stop halfway for lunch and snacks, returning to the trailhead between 3-4pm. This is a long hike and good physical conditioning is recommended. Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Wear hiking shoes/boots, bring 2 liters of water, snacks, and personal first aid. Rain cancels. Meet behind B of A on State St. at Hope Ave. 9:00am. Those coming from the south can meet us at Franklin Creek Park at 9:30.    TONY 805-455-4212

Sat. February 18    REFUGIO BEACH TO EL CAPITAN:    Car pool to Refugio Beach and walk to El Capitan or beyond. Easy 6 to 8 mrt. Bring old shoes, lunch, and water. Share parking fee. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am.    DAVE 563-4850

Sun. February 19    CARRIE'S HIKE:    (7.5 mile round trip with 2300 ft elevation gain) Moderately strenuous hike (with some steep sections) visits cool riparian trails and beautiful coastal vistas. It connects Cold Spring East, Hot Springs, McMenemy and Saddle Rock Trails, forming loops at each end. Bring plenty of water, lunch and sun protection. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am.    PAUL 886-1121

Sat. February 25    Pt. SAL STATE BEACH:    Walk along abandoned dirt road onto Vandenberg AFB, then down to remote, isolated Pt. Sal State Beach. Enjoy the wildflowers and unparalleled views of this portion of the coast accessible only by foot. 10 miles RT, less than 1,000 ft gain/loss. Up to 4 well behaved dogs welcomed and encouraged; must be leashed. Please call leader ahead to reserve your dog's place. Bring lunch and water for you and your canine companion. Hikers without dogs welcome too. 90 minute car pool to trail head, but it's totally worth it. Meet at B of A parking lot at 8:00 a.m. NOTE EARLY START TIME. Rain/fire cancels. Call leader if in doubt.    SALLY 689-7820

Sun. February 26    HOPE RANCH WALK:    We'll roam the quiet roads in western Hope Ranch past several large estates. Expect some hills. Return via More Mesa paths. Easy 3-5mrt. Meet at 9am at the Bank of America parking lot at Hope and State streets.    GERRY 964-5411

Sat. March 4    FLORES PEAK FROM GIBRALTAR ROCK:    We will drive to Gibraltar Rock, above the Rattlesnake Trail. We will then hike a steep, little-known trail to Flores Peak. The Wednesday hikers sometimes call this "The Medicine Circle". Elevation gain is about 700 feet in only a half mile! Please bring a snack or lunch and a liter of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM.    ROBERT 685-1283/event@swt.org

Sun. March 5    CHORRO GRANDE:    Strenuous 10 mrt hike with 3200' elev. gain/loss    experienced hikers only. The hike starts at 4000' and climbs steadily for 5 miles to 7200', ending up on the Pine Mountain Ridge near Reyes Campground. Wear hiking shoes/boots, bring lots of water, snack, lunch. There's a good chance that there will be in snow at the top, so bring a warm jacket, a hat, and gloves. Meet at 8:30 AM at the Ventura carpool lot (Seaward and Harbor between Chase Bank and Carrows). If you're coming from Santa Barbara, meet at the Bank of America on State St. and Hope at 8:00 AM to arrange a carpool to the trailhead.

Sat. March 11    JESUSITA TRAIL TO INSPIRATION POINT:    Walk through woods and meadows to a scenic view point. Moderate-strenuous 7 MRT. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM.    CHRISTINE 963-2347

Sun. March 12    RATTLESNAKE TRAIL - TUNNEL TRAIL:    Hike up Rattlesnake Trail to Tunnel connector. Hike up steep connector to Tunnel Trail. Hike along Tunnel Trail to rock formation for lunch. Beautiful views of Santa Barbara and Goleta. Moderate-strenuous 9 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am.    TONY 455-4212

Sat. March 18    CANINE HIKE JESUSITA TRAIL TO INSPIRATION POINT:    Hike through woods and meadows to a scenic view point. Moderately strenuous 7 miles RT. Well behaved dogs welcomed and encouraged; must be leashed. Bring lunch and water for you and your canine companion. Hikers without dogs welcome too. Meet at B of A parking lot at 9:00 a.m. Hike limited to four dogs    please call to reserve your dog's place. Rain/fire cancels. Call leader if in doubt.

Sat. Marsh 18    MORE MESA:    Morning loop walk around this extensive coastal bluff. Children welcome. Slow paced 2-3 miles or so. Bring water and a snack. Meet behind B of A on upper State Street at Hope Ave. at 9am.    VICKI 563-4850

Sun. March 19    SAN MARCOS RIDGE:    Short, easy hike along foothill ridges of recently opened San Marcos Preserve County Park. Amazing 360 deg views of coastal mountains and islands. Easy 3 mi loop with optional, moderate extensions up to 5 mi. Rain, or wet trails, cancels. Call leader if in doubt. Water, sunscreen, and stable footwear advised. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am.    DAN 818-421-0122

Sat. March 25    GAVIOTA STATE PARK GRAND LOOP:    A 4 mrt moderate hike in the Northwestern section of the park with great views of the eastern section and the Hollister Ranch. We'll include the re-opened Woodland Trail and the re-opened Yucca Trail. Bring a light lunch, water and sun protection. Meet behind the Bank of America on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. If you are coming from north of Santa Barbara, you can meet us at the trailhead. Call or email for instructions. Rain cancels.    GERRY 964-5411 gching@cox.net

Sun. March 26    BLUE PEAK:    (3662', 10 mile round trip, 2700' elevation gain) We ascend Romero Canyon trail to the saddle, loop behind and over Blue Peak back to the saddle, and then descend also by the canyon trail. Bring plenty of water, lunch, and sun protection. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM    PAUL 886-1121

Sat. April 1    FIR CANYON:    Car pool to Davy Brown camp behind Figueroa Mt. Steep hike up the most beautiful canyon in the area to near the top of Figueroa Mt. Moderate 6.5 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 8:00 AM. Note the early start time!    TONY 805-455-4212

Sun. April 2    SAN YSIDRO TO THE FALLS:    Hike past a favorite rock climbing location to a seasonal waterfall, then return to a pool for lunch. Moderate 5 MRT. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9AM.    ROBERT 685-1283

Sat. April 8    ROMERO CANYON:    CAMINO CIELO LOOP    Hike up Romero Trail to E. Camino Cielo. Hike along fire break to the old Romero Rd for return trip. Wonderful views. Very strenuous 14 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9:00 AM.

Sun. April 9    INSECT HIKE IN ALISO CANYON:    Learn about the most abundant form of life on the planet - insects on this interpretive hike. A leisurely loop from Sage Hill campground on a marked trail alongside a stream. Easy/Moderate 3.5 mrt. Please note that location may change based upon weather conditions. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am.    KENNY 692-2227